Knoxville ballpark, Tebow charity among entities getting grants in Lee budget

Gov. Bill Lee speaks to reporters following his address to a joint convention of the General Assembly on Jan. 19, 2021. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

While big-ticket items like a sales tax holiday on food may be getting much fo the attention in Gov. Bill Lee’s budget amendment, Capitol-watchers have also been pouring over the fine print to see what other interesting items are getting funding.

The AP’s Jonathan Mattise spotted a $13.5 million grant for the minor league ballpark development former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd is proposing for downtown Knoxville. Another $2 million would pay for renovations at the Hermitage, the Nashville home of President Andrew Jackson, and $1.2 million for the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Her Song project serving human trafficking victims.

Here’s a look at some of other grants included in the budget amendment:

Grants and Community InitiativesAmount
The Sports Authority of the County of Knox and the City of Knoxville, Tennessee$13,500,000
City of Memphis – Youth Sports Complex$10,000,000
City of Johnson City – Walnut Corridor Development$5,000,000
University of Memphis – Carnegie Designation$5,000,000
End Slavery TN – Serving Human Trafficking Victims – Year 1 of 3$3,500,000
Fayette County – Courthouse Renovation$3,000,000
Human Coalition – Serving Pregnant Women and Children in Need$3,000,000
Music City Executive Airport$2,000,000
Hermitage Foundation$2,000,000
City of Memphis – Renovation of Levitt Shell$1,300,000
Her Song – Tim Tebow Foundation – Serving Human Trafficking Victims – Year 1 of 3$1,200,000
Associated Builders and Contractors Greater TN Chapter – Knox County CTE Center$1,000,000
Renewal House, Inc. – Serving Women and Children in Need$1,000,000
Teach for America – Teacher Support in High-Need Areas$1,000,000
Gospel Music Association – GMA Center$1,000,000
Hope Smiles – Oral Health Safety Net$800,000
Niswonger Foundation – College and Career Awareness Activities$700,000
Carroll Academy – Rural Juvenile Alternative Education$600,000
TN Anti-Slavery Alliance – Services for Human Trafficking Victims$600,000
Agape Child and Family Services, Inc. – Serving Families in Need$500,000
Corner to Corner – Entrepreneurship Support for Communities in Need$500,000
Delta Dental of TN / Smile 180 Foundation – Oral Health Safety Net$500,000
tnAchieves – Supports Transition to College$500,000
YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South – Education / Health Support for Young Children$500,000
YMCA of Middle TN – Mentorship / Education for Kids in Need$500,000
Men of Valor – Re-Entry Support Services$499,500
TN Builders Education Foundation – CTE Construction Expansion$478,000
Science Alliance – STEM Educational Museums$450,000
TN Association of Business Foundation – Public-Private Advanced Manufacturing Partnership$400,000
The Next Door, Inc. – Recovery and Support for Re-Entry$400,000
The Jason Foundation, Inc. – Mental Health Student Support$305,000
Blount County – Senior Center$300,000
Town of Jonesborough – Agriculture Education$300,000

36 Responses to Knoxville ballpark, Tebow charity among entities getting grants in Lee budget

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    Told you

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    James White says:

    I guess they think they are CONGRESSMEN and put everything in for everybody just to get re-elected.
    SHAME !

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      Missy S says:

      Ready for election year 2022! Cool to be able to use public money for buying re-election.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Speaking of which Missy, the Senate Conservative Fund has just endorsed Mo Brooks (Heritage-88%) for the U. S. Senate in his race in Alabama. Can the Club For Growth be far behind? Lookin’ good for Mo!

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          Cryan says:

          JD Vance is going to be the Ohio GOP nominee and then lose to Tim Ryan, boy. Just like Bill Lee is going to lose to Glenn Jacobs. Your scores mean nothing anymore.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Conservatives love to pass out other peoples money – especially around election time.

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          Cryan says:

          Some of them even like to traffic teenage girls across state lines and out the country, rape them, and then try to buy them off using Venmo and Apple Pay.

          Even Donald Trump (“I believe Jeffrey Epstein”) isn’t touching Matt “QAnon” Gaetz with a ten foot pole.

          Stuart Anderson calls this “renting women.” Glen Casada calls it a normal night out rubbing a strange woman’s thigh at the bar (while still married) and then driving drunk to a chicken shack so that your boy toy can get off in a bathroom.

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    Cryan says:

    There’s an old saying in Tennessee, I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee. It goes “It’s not who you know; it’s who you blow.”

    Randy Boyd is going to need a new pair of knee pads.

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    steve cates says:

    Why on earth would the Gospel Music Association get so much money? There’s a story there somewhere.

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      Eddie White says:

      I think it was requested by the Democratic caucus

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        Cryan says:

        Which member(s)? Russ Farrar and Ron Ramsey sound more likely, but I’d like to hear the truth if you know it.

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      What Can Brown Do for You says:

      The link could be Russ Farrar, who is a member of the Gospel Music Association. He and Ron Ramsey run the Ramsey, Farrar, Bates lobbying firm. This is not the first year it’s been in the budget.

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    Kosh III says:

    Knoxville can pay for it’s own ball park.

    Ditto for Sumner county’s 1%er airport.

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    James White says:

    University of Memphis – Carnegie Designation $5,000,000
    The Carnegie foundation has more money than state of Tennessee.
    BOONDOGGLE and PayOffs
    Foul.

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    TR says:

    I’m sure Tim Tebow’s foundation does great work, but why are taxpayers paying $1.2 million to help support it?

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      MARLE says:

      Supporting a ball park, questionable as that is, is bad enough. But having the state government “donate” taxpayer dollars to a Private Foundation….who thinks that is right? I hear George Floyd’s family has a foundation.

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    Bill says:

    Looks like the Republican variety of socialism.

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    Phillip Lassiter says:

    There is actually plenty of money. Cutting taxes and giving grants in pandemic budget is most fortunate. Benefits of plenty of federal money

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    I’ll say it today, James… FIX THE ROADS!

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    Donna Locke says:

    We’ll never know what actually happens to most of this, our, money flung into the wind.

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    Paul says:

    Always nice to see the conservative “government is not the solution to anything, government is the problem”, “it’s your money”, “liberals are big spenders”, etc, legislative crowd in Nashville are totally on board with handing out the free money. I’m sure they can find a few folks to throw off the welfare or Medicaid rolls to pay for all of this. Since they are handing it out to all these worthy causes, no doubt it will run up their true-conservative-score on the Heritage meter or some other worthy think tank’s ledger. Gotta love it.

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      Cryan says:

      Stop it with your logic, Paul. Republicans require you to be stupid.

      If they want to give grants to Evangelical organizations, subsidies to millionaire farmers who don’t farm, bailouts to failing online private schools, and contracts to JLL, CCA, Pilot Oil and Lee HVAC Company, then it is for the best. Remember, God ordained them to be elected and suck at the government teat.

      That’s conservative Capitalism, dude.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        Conservatives are screaming about the high cost of Biden’s Infrastructure Bill but they also want the roads fixed, safe bridges, better airports etc.

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          Cryan says:

          I’m serious, Taxpayer. Stop using logic on this blog. You might really upset a fragile QAnon with your reasoning. Just let them be.

          Trump : Merry Christmas :: Biden : Happy Holidays

          In other words, Biden is the one true Anti-Christ. Trump’s infrastructure plan could have cost 10X as much and it would have been ok because it was from Trump/God on High. He just never got around to infrastructure or repealing and replacing Obamacare because he was successfully making Mexico pay for the wall, denuclearizing North Korea, and limiting the number of people infected with Coronavirus from “fifteen down to zero.”

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            Taxpayer #314 says:

            Cryan, I had almost forgotten that Trump completely denuclearized North Korea all by himself. He was such a nice guy! Wonder what happened to him?

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            Cryan says:

            Truly the greatest president of our time. He eliminated the national debt. He ended the opioid crisis. He established a national paid maternity leave program. He sued all the women who accused him of rape, and therefore revealed the truth that he was innocent. He raised taxes on the rich. He never had time to golf.

            Promises made. Promises kept.

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            Cryan says:

            Oh, and he was inaugurated for a second term on March 4.

            Promises made. Promises kept.

            THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      You only “gotta love it” if you’re ignorant of how the scores that I cite on this forum are computed. Every score I know of whether computed by liberals or conservatives are based on votes in the federal or state legislature. This article is based on an EXECUTIVE providing money in his budget. To make a broader point, there are few items on a conservative scorecard based on spending money for anything other than the military whereas a high percentage of line items in a conservative scorecard are based on NOT spending money. Bottom line, I look forward to the new Paul who knows what he is talking about when referring to the all important Heritage and ACU scores that I am happy to provide to “On the Hill” readers.

      I assure you Paul, as a libertarian conservative on am not “totally on board with handing out the free money.” Rather than whine about this spending or that spending line item in an amendment to a governor’s budget, however, I and my fellow conservatives want to slash the functions and power of government radically. Until that’s done waste and cronyism are another day at the park no matter who is elected. Become a conservative Paul and help stop the abuse.

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        Cryan says:

        You gleefully promote the Tucker Carlson and Gutfield! shows and then pretend to be a libertarian.

        Typical authoritarian is more like it.

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        Taxpayer #314 says:

        How long is it going to take before you realize that nobody cares about these magical mystery numbers. So far in the long run it looks like, the higher the score, the closer they are to doing actual jail time.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Please read Moost’s comments below this linked article about the Oracle con job:

    https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pith-in-the-wind/article/21147127/reports-oracle-to-bring-8500-jobs-to-nashville

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      Cryan says:

      Wow, they aren’t even pledging to fulfil their hiring goal until 2031. I’ll believe it when I see it.

      This state is so backwards. At least this Oracle announcement gets Bill Lee an economic development notch in his belt, and the TNDP gets a new Fortune 100 company to sign its open letter calling the General Assembly’s latest culture war bill stupid. Win-win for the politicos.

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    James White says:

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